FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gatekeeper Starts Stop Arm Camera Program At Chattooga County School District
Abbotsford, BC October 2, 2017 – Gatekeeper Systems Inc. (“Gatekeeper” or the “Company”) (TSX.V: GSI; OTC: GKPRF; FSE: 1GK) is pleased to announce that, further to its press release dated July 12th, 2017, the Company has completed installation of 15 Student ProtectorTM multi-lane stop-arm video enforcement cameras equipped with TIMTM (Traffic Infraction Management) technology (the “System”) on Chattooga County School District’s school buses.
A scheduled media day was held on September 26th, 2017 to notify the public of the new stop-arm camera program being implemented to protect children loading and unloading buses. The start of the program began by issuing citations to stop arm violators with local media in attendance as well as Superintendent Mr. Jim Lenderman, Transportation Director Mr. Mike Jarrett, Chattooga County Sheriff Mr. Mark Schrader and members of city law enforcement.
The District operates school buses on approximately 33 routes. The 15 routes having the highest observed rate of stop-arm violations – collectively measured by local authorities at over 40 violations per day – were the first to receive Systems.
Transportation Director Mike Jarrett stated, “it’s only a matter of time” before a child is run down by a stop arm violator given the number of violations that occur on the County’s bus routes.
Under the five-year Contract, Gatekeeper is responsible for administrating the project, managing the process from violation through paid citation, while the Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for approving or rejecting violations. The revenue generated from collection of citation fees funds the program and will be split amongst the District, the County, and Gatekeeper.
In Georgia, USA, stop-arm violation tickets begin at $300 for the first offence; $750 for the second offense; and $1,000 for subsequent offences within a five-year period. The Contract is for an initial five-year term, beginning on the day which the first citation is issued, and automatically renews for an additional five-year term unless the District or Gatekeeper provides written notice of its intention not to renew the Contract.
The Company currently has approximately twenty school districts throughout the United States in the Evaluation Phase, representing approximatley 1,700 school buses, and is hopeful that it will be awarded additional contracts following the completion of the Evaluation Phase.
The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation study for 2016 indicates 74,421 stop-arm violations occurred in a single day count from 33 of the 50 States that participated. With an average of 180 days in a school year, the number of stop-arm violations could surpass 13 million within the participating States.
Ownership of Student ProtectorTM equipment, and TIMTM, a proprietary software application remains the property of Gatekeeper, thereby providing a zero capital cost solution to school districts while enabling them to share in stop-arm violation ticket revenue.
About Gatekeeper Systems Inc.
Gatekeeper provides innovative, end-to-end video safety and security solutions for mobile applications including body cameras, in-car police video systems, school bus video and stop arm camera video enforcement systems, transit bus video systems, and airborne digital recording systems for military applications.
The Company is headquartered in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, and its shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “GSI”, on the OTC Markets under the symbol “GKPRF”, and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol “1GK”.
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On behalf of the Board,
President & CEO
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